Lilly and Nancy have invited us to visit and share our story. I have known Nancy and her boys for many years and so I have known her dogs.
We are like their family in that our house is not a "Home" without a dog...we are dog-people and our dogs are people-dogs with talents and tricks, and unique personalities that only develop in animals when they live with people who spend time with them. Mike and I had lost a wonderful dog, Bonnet, and we knew the only way dog-people heal is to bring another dog into the home.We planned to wait because we had a cruise scheduled in the spring and didn't want to board a young dog...such was the plan, but we didn't realize how empty our empty nest would be without the constant companionship we were used to. And one October Sunday morning, the classifieds in hand, Mike asked, "Why do we have to wait?" I knew instantly what he was talking about...and we were soon in the car on our way to meet with our future "daughter-dog".
She came from a family near San Antonio and we met her people-parents and her dog-parents.
We have always said that a dog chooses you not the other way around...and this one was no exception. She came to us immediately and kept returning from her romps with her littermates to play with either Mike or me. We gathered her up and began our life again with renewed vigor. We made one stop on the way home to get her a collar and a DOGNY stuffed puppy that she has to this day. We named her LadyBird because 1...it goes with our last name, Johnson ...2...it's the name of the dog on King of the Hill...3..it just fits her so well.
She is five now. And of course, she is the sweetest and the smartest of all the dogs we have ever had. She is a "Daddy's girl" to the core, but she has her rituals with me and play time that she reserves just for me. Every night after dinner, she heads for the door for quality time with Mom
and a tennis ball...we play baseball and I call the hit and she gets ready ..."Line drive" and she backs up and digs in...or "High pop fly" and she looks up ready to get under it...she really is the smartest...